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30 years of ingenuity
in America

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest program

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, and as we kick off our search for the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, we invite you to nominate someone in your community, or even yourself, to be named among the next generation of legacy builders. Since 1986, EY has honored the entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have benefited us all.

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are men and women, old and young, educated in the Ivy League and at the School of Hard Knocks. This much about them is consistent, however: They are visionaries. They are people of passion. And they have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none existed before. 

If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in your community — or are one yourself — submit a nomination for our Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Program. Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2016. To access the online application and nomination site, click here.


Key program dates

Nominations accepted
December 8, 2015–March 11, 2016

Semifinalist on-site interviews at semifinalist place of business
March 31, 2016-April 19, 2016

Judging panel interview at EY Seattle
April 28, 2016

Finalist filming and receptions
May 18, 2016 (Portland filming and evening reception)
May 19, 2016 (Seattle filming and evening reception)
May 23, 2016 (Seattle filming)

Pacific Northwest Regional awards gala at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel
June 17, 2016

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala in Palm Springs, California
November 16-20, 2016

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Pacific Northwest award recipients. Click here for a full list of this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

Contact us

Have a question about the Pacific Northwest Program or interested in a sponsorship opportunity? We’d love to hear from you!

Photo Greg Beams

Greg Beams
Program Director

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Douglas Sirotta
Program Director

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Cara Lewallen
Program Manager
+1 206 262 7140

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Stephanie Tran
Program Coordinator
+1 206 262 7147